Groups work together to bring awareness to the importance of Black History Month


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Succeeding and persevering in times of great strife is central to the story of Black culture in America. To celebrate that fact and to commemorate the centennial of the end of the First World War, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is highlighting African Americans in every American War.

The theme for this year’s Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War.” And according to the ASALH website, “Times of War inevitably provide the framework for many stories related to African American soldiers and sailors, veterans, and civilians.

This is a theme filled with paradoxes of valor and defeat, of civil rights opportunities and setbacks, of struggles abroad and at home, of artistic creativity and repression, and of catastrophic loss of life and the righteous hope for peace.”

Locally, The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex in Mims, has shown a spotlight on Black History and, more specifically, early civil rights pioneers Harry and Harriette Moore since opening in 2004.

Sonya Mallard, cultural complex coordinator, shed light on the importance of this month and events that celebrate the contributions of
Black History.

“Black History Month is more crucial today than days gone by. We had men like Harry T. Moore, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, on whose shoulders we are standing on today, as we still march for equal rights in America. Black History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we continue to promote positive examples of poignant historical events, exemplary leaders and steps toward social change. This 30-day remembrance is not only deeply meaningful for the African American community, but imperative for the greater understanding of national and world history.”

With the importance of this month at an all-time high, many local groups are working together to bring awareness to Black History. The following are the events The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Eastern Florida State College, Dr. Phil Simpson, provost, and the EFSC Black History Committee are providing throughout the month of February at the EFSC Titusville Campus:

• Feb. 6 – Minority Male Town Hall,
6 to 8 p.m. in the Community
Dining Room

• Feb. 7 – Military Field Day,
12 to 5 p.m. in the Pavilion

• Feb. 8 – “Red Tails,” 5 p.m. in the Community Dining Room

• Feb. 19 – “Hidden Figures,” 5 p.m. in the Community Dining Room

• Feb. 22 – Soul Food Regale,
12 to 2 p.m. in the gym

• Feb. 28 – Service Day, 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. in the Community Dining Room